Laquon Treadwell acknowledged Wednesday that the picture making the rounds in late January on the Internet of a hand holding three $100 bills on top of stacks of money is his.
Crete-Monee's Mississippi-bound receiver said he was goofing around when he sent the picture out via social media while visiting the school's campus late last month.
He quickly deleted the photo, but not before some people Southeast Conference chatrooms got their hands on it. The photo then made the rounds in some media circles.
"It was really nothing," Treadwell said. "I never took money from Ole Miss or anything. That (goofing around) was all it was."
Treadwell, the Tribune's Football Player of the Year, signed with Mississippi during a ceremony at the high school Wednesday during national signing day. He led the Warriors to the Class 6A state championship in November, the school's first in the sport.
Treadwell is a five-star recruit and ranked the No. 1 receiver in the country by Rivals.com.
The Rebels on Wednesday also signed the No. 1-ranked prospect in the country, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, whose brother plays for the team; the fourth-ranked player and top-ranked offensive tackle in country, Laremy Tunsil; and five-star safety Tony Conner.
Ole Miss, which finished 7-6 last season, vaulted into a Top-10 class nationally with the signings.
Football recruiting | Treadwell says picture showing his hand with money was joke
Crete-Monee's Laquon Treadwell posted this photo on his Twitter feed in January. It since has been removed. (February 6, 2013)